Individuals and families are the heart of healthy communities and provide the foundation for a strong and vibrant America. Individuals and families must adopt healthy habits and assume responsibility for living a healthy lifestyle.
During his tenure, Secretary Thompson has hosted many roundtable discussions and listening sessions with different stakeholders and interested parties. Drawing on these meetings, research and other information, this section suggests actions that specific stakeholders can take to promote health and prevent chronic disease in all Americans. Th
The innovations produced by the healthcare and public health systems often are poorly matched with the day-to-day information and services that the public needs to lead longer, healthier lives. This gap between what science has discovered and the public’s ability to put health information, messages and recommendations to appropriate use, may b
The dangers of risky behaviors – poor eating habits, lack of exercise, and smoking – and their potential effects on health are well known to many. We know many steps that can be taken to help reduce these behaviors and other risk factors, and to help promote healthy behaviors. The NICHD Back to Sleep campaign is an example of successfull
Facts and Figures on Overweight and Obesity
As the latest element of the Steps initiative, the Secretary established five HHS workgroups on specific areas that are central to advancing health promotion and disease prevention: diabetes, overweight and obesity, smoking cessation, media and messages, and health literacy. Overweight and obesity, lack of physical activity, and smoking greatl
Prevention is an investment opportunity in our nation's future: for individuals, for community groups, for businesses, and for government. When we have this kind of opportunity to make a difference, it is incumbent upon us to embrace it wholeheartedly and take action. Tommy G. Thompson Secretary, HHS
Action Against Asthma: A Strategic Plan for the Department of Health and Human Services . Appendix H: Clearing the Air
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Action Against Asthma: A Strategic Plan for the Department of Health and Human Services . References
1. Mannino, D.M.; Homa, D.M.; Pertowski, C.A.; Ashizawa, A.; Nixon, L.L.; Johnson, C.A.; et al. Surveillance for asthma—United States, 1960-1995. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report CDC Surveillance Summaries 47:1-27, 1998. 2. National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). Current estimates from the National Health Interview Survey, 1995.
Action Against Asthma: A Strategic Plan for the Department of Health and Human Services . Terminology
(A listing of all abbreviations and acronyms used in this publication appears in Appendix K.) Ambulatory care: Medical care provided at hospital emergency rooms and outpatient departments. Asthma: A lung disease characterized by airway constriction, mucus secretion, and chronic inflammation, resulting in reduced airflow and wheezing, cough
Action Against Asthma: A Strategic Plan for the Department of Health and Human Services . Related Objectives From Other Focus Areas
1. Access to Quality Health Services 1-10. Delay or difficulty in getting emergency care 7. Educational and Community-Based Programs 7-8. Satisfaction with patient education 7-10. Culturally appropriate community health promotion 8. Environmental Health 8-1. Harmful air pollutants 8-2. Alternative modes of transportation 8-3. Cle
Action Against Asthma: A Strategic Plan for the Department of Health and Human Services . Healthy People 2010 Objectives
Asthma 24-1. Reduce asthma deaths. Target and baseline:
Action Against Asthma: A Strategic Plan for the Department of Health and Human Services . Healthy People 2010—Summary of Objectives
Respiratory Diseases Goal: Promote respiratory health through better prevention, detection, treatment, and education.
Action Against Asthma: A Strategic Plan for the Department of Health and Human Services . Interim Progress Toward Year 2000 Objectives
For the three objectives specific to asthma in Healthy People 2000, available data indicate movement away from the targets as the rate of hospitalizations and activity limitation increase and a movement toward the target for increasing the proportion of persons with asthma who receive patient education. There were no objectives in Healthy People 2
Asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and obstructive sleepapnea (OSA) are a significant public health burden to the United States.1 Specific methods of detection, intervention, and treatment exist that may reduce this burden. Several behaviors and diseases that affect the respiratory system, such as tuberculosis, acquired immunode
Promote respiratory health through better prevention, detection, treatment, and education.